A woman was among two people killed in mortar shelling along the Line of Control in Jammu and Poonch districts on Friday. Sources identified the woman as Isma Begum of Malikpur, saying that she sustained splinter injuries in the head during mortar shelling by Pakistani troops in Balakote sector of Poonch. The other deceased include, Ajay Kumar of Gigrial in Pallanwala sector near Akhnoor.
Meanwhile, along the international border in Jammu region, four civilians including two girls and a woman have been injured in continued Pakistani shelling since Thursday night. Identified as Bawa Ram, 31, of Berra village, he was injured during shelling on Abdullian.
The other injured Sheetal Devi, 12, Reeta Devi, 35, both Pansar, besides Zanif, 6, of Manyari were injured on Thursday night. Meanwhile, a defence ministry spokesperson Lt Colonel Manish Mehta here said that Pakistani troops were using “small arms, automatics, 82 mm and 120 mm mortars” in Pallanwala, Sunderbani and Akhnoor sectors. The Indian army was “responding appropriately and befittingly”, he added.
Sources said that the shelling was intense causing panic among the people. However, there had been no casualty or damage on the Indian side so far.
Meanwhile, though there was peace along the international border in R S Pura and Arnia sectors at the moment, people have been advised by the local administration to move to safer places as there was likelihood of Pakistani Rangers intensifying mortar shelling during the next three days so as to spoil Diwali festival in view of their having suffered heavy casualties and damage in retaliatory firing by Indian side.
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